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Semen Boosts Pregnancy Health, Improves IVF Success Rate

At the International Congress of Immunology held in Australia this year, Sarah Robertson, from the University of Adelaide, presented the results of her recent study that found semen to be valuable in boosting the health of pregnancy and improving in vitro fertilization (IVF) success rate.  Frequent sex with a familiar partner seems to ensure the healthiest pregnancy, even while IVF is in progre ... more »
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Embryos in IVF Lab Can’t Get Enough Barry White Love, Baby

Some people claim music is the rhythm of life.  At an Irish fertility clinic, the deep-throated romantic sounds of 1970s superstar Barry White seems to be the music favored by the embryos in the lab being cultivated for implantation for in vitro fertilization (IVF).  When the soulful purring of White’s voice is pumped into an incubator, the embryos thrive, developing more rapidly and robu ... more »

IVF Birth Defect Myth Debunked in Twin Studies

A general perception exists that places the risk for birth defects higher in babies conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other forms of assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) than for babies conceived naturally.  Two studies on twins and birth defects, recently published by various members of the same research team, have effectively debunked that myth.  The studies revealed w ... more »
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Infertility Treatments Produce No Increased Risk of Developmental Delays

Children conceived via infertility treatments are sometimes born prematurely and at smaller weights than most children conceived naturally.  Prematurity and and low birth weight are both associated with developmental delays that become apparent by age 3 years but there has been relatively little study comparing the percentage of developmentally delayed children born of assisted reproducti ... more »

Restore Rather Than Replace Testosterone to Preserve Male Fertility

Some medications used to treat low testosterone levels are known to cause a reduction in sperm count.  This particular side effect can be especially alarming for men using testosterone replacement therapies, such as topical testosterone gel, as part of a regimen to treat male infertility.  The report of a study recently published in the medical journal, BJU International ... more »